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Sainsbury’s plans for Saltaire store approved

Sainsbury’s has had its application to develop a new Local Store on Bingley road at the top of Victoria Road, despite the objection of hundreds of residents.

A number of objections raised the issue of the damage the store would have to the view at the top of Saltaire’s main road.

SVS Chairperson, Vanessa Pilny, who attended the planning meeting to object has said: “Planning law needs to change to reflect local wishes.”

Two of Shipley’s councillors, spoke at the meeting to oppose plans. Councillor Kevin Warnes (Green Party) urged the committee to vote against the plan saying “It’s reasonable to assume a lot of that will be drawn from nearby independent businesses such as the baker, greengrocer and butchers. We have a duty to keep alive our strong and vibrant community”.

Committee member, Councillor Martin Love (Green Party), repeatedly stressed the negative impact of a Sainsbury’s at that site, saying it would cause major traffic problems and badly hit trade for existing retailers.

Local resident, Jackie Mulligan, who also spoke at the meeting, said hundreds of people would be disappointed their opinions had been ignored. “We feel crushed and disappointed. It’s a disgrace,” she said.

 

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Roundabout & Roads

It’s time to have YOUR say on the proposals for Saltaire Roundabout.

The SVS committee welcomes the approach of the proposal which puts community safety and the welfare of Saltaire at its heart.

Having formed many years ago to oppose plans to build a road through Roberts Park Saltaire Village Society (SVS) is keen to ensure we have sustainable traffic management appropriate to a World Heritage Site. We want to see:

o   Sensible management of existing local road network to improve traffic flow without encouraging more vehicles.
o   Implementation of the proposed 20 mph zone
o   Finding ways to limit rat-running
o   Research into management of parking by residents, rail commuters and visitors
o   Greater investment in and emphasis on the benefits of public transport

Hopefully, you will have seen information about the public consultation concerning the Saltaire Roundabout either online, in the newspaper, or by visiting the venues displaying information. Please note Victoria Hall still has the plans on display in their main entrance until the 16th March.  Victoria Hall will also be the location for a special Neighbourhood Forum at 7.30pm on this date.

Your views can be still be heard if you send in a form by Friday 9th April 2010 – make sure you make your voice heard! There is no perfect solution to the traffic pressures around Saltaire, but this proposal is worth your careful consideration.

If you wish to pinpoint something that specifically concerns you, please fill in a feedback form.  Copies may be available in Victoria Hall or please contact: Fiona.limb@bradford.gov.uk or call 01274 431184.  Paper feedback forms should be sent to Fiona Limb, Senior Transport Planner, 5th Floor North, Jacobs Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW by Friday 9th April.

For further general information contact:
Jane Buddle: secretarysvs@googlemail.com
Rob Martin, (Chair) on 01274 593585